Winter Southern Lakes Highlights

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Please note: We do not allow children under the age of 5

Your tour at a glance

Are you visiting the Lake District this winter but short on time? Then this is the perfect half day tour for you! Experience the very best of the Southern Lake District, enjoy a small group minibus tour and get off the beaten track with our knowledgeable driver/guide. 

Highlights of this afternoon tour will include the famous mountainous valleys of the Langdales, taking in the view at Tarn Hows, and free time to explore the medieval village of Hawkshead. The tours includes a cruise on the longest lake in England, Windermere. Throughout the tour there will be plenty of time to admire the scenery, as your local guide takes you through one of the most beautiful corners of England.

Tour Itinerary


Adult Senior Student Child
£30 £30 £30 £25

Tour Days


28th October 2018 - 15th February 2019

Mon Tues Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun


Half day 12:00 - 16:30

Activity Level

This tour is a guided scenic mini-coach tour, but there are times when you will have the option to walk up to a few hundred metres to take in a view or point of interest.



Group Size

16 passengers


  • Transport in a 16 seater mini-bus;
  • On-board commentary in English;
  • Pickup & drop off from select hotels upon request.

Main Departure point

Windermere Tourist Information Centre

How to find us

Pickup Service

Windermere Tourist Information Centre

We also offer a hotel pick-up service for those staying in the Windermere, Bowness, Ambleside area. Oxenholme pick ups are availability at a charge of £10 per adult and £5 per child.


This tour is unsuitable for children under 5.
All passengers must have their own seat.

We have private hire options available for those who have children under 5.

Luggage on board

There is space on-board for hand luggage, for anything larger there is luggage storage at the Windermere Tourist Information Centre.


There is no designated lunch stop on this tour, however you will have time to explore the village of Hawkshead, where you can find many shops, pubs and cafes.
If you would like to spend more time exploring the village, why don't you use Mountain Goat's packed lunch service?

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel 24 hours prior to departure and recieve a full refund. After 24 hours no refund will be issued.

For full terms and conditions please see here.

On leaving the Lakeland village of Windermere, this Lake District winter tour heads to the medieval village of Hawkshead, which dates back to the 14th Century and grew to be an important wool trading market. Hawkshead is a charming medieval village of narrow alleys and characterful squares in the valley between Lakes Windermere and Coniston. Hawkshead is home to a Grammar School which was established in 1585 and where the famous Lake District poet, William Wordsworth went to school. There has also been a church on the hill overlooking the village since the 14th Century but the current church was built in the 16th Century. During free time, you will have the opportunity to explore this beautiful village, which has strong connections with William Wordsworth and also Beatrix Potter, who lived nearby.

The tour then leaves Hawkshead and heads onwards to the picturesque tarn of Tarn Hows, where you will have chance to admire the view of the tarn, with the Lakeland Fells as the dramatic backdrop. Tarn Hows is a picturesque beauty sport just to the north of Coniston, originally three smaller tarns, Low, Middle and High, but the building of a dam raised the water level to create a larger body of water. Tarn How’s is accessible to everyone, regardless of age and physical ability due to it’s manageable footpath. The footpath around the tarn is just short of two miles long and offers the most stunning views!

Continuing towards the lakeside village of Coniston the Mini-Coach provides a great view down the Yewdale Valley. Travelling through the Coniston area you will hear about the famous World Water Speed records from the Campbells on the third largest lake in the National Park. 

On leaving Coniston the tour makes its way through the Yewdale Valley, you may even see a glimpse of Yew Tree Farm which was used in the film Miss Potter as Beatrix Potter's home.The tour takes in the highlights of the Langdales, including Blea Tarn, with the Langdale Pikes as backdrop and peaceful Elterwater village. 

On arrival back at lake Windermere, you will join a Windermere Lake Cruise from Waterhead to Bowness Bay, where you can sit back and enjoy unobstructed views from the lake towards the Langdales. As the tour draws to an end in Bowness Bay we transfer you back to your start point.

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